Past Workshop

Sharing Visions: A Masterclass on Contemporary Image Making

Join Magnum photographer Diana Markosian and curator and writer Charlotte Cotton for a two-day masterclass on photographic process and practice

Diana Markosian

Diana Markosian Holding a cane in his right hand, Movses Haneshyan, 105, slowly approaches a life-size landscape. It's the first time Movses is seeing his home since he fled during the genocide of 1915. A century (...)

Magnum Photos is excited to announce a professional practice workshop in Los Angeles, taking place on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April, as part of LA’s Month of Photography. Led by Magnum photographer Diana Markosian and independent writer and curator Charlotte Cotton, the workshop will include invaluable inspiration and advice for photographers looking to push their work forward.

The two-day event is centered around contemporary photographic practice, a chance for photographers to be reflective and critical of their work in a supportive atmosphere, led by Diana and Charlotte. Participants are invited to bring their current work-in-progress projects to this discussion-based event and collectively develop creative strategies concerning reception, viewership, ethics and the role of interrelated media.

The first morning will consist of lectures from the two speakers about their practices and experiences that focus on the “post-shooting” work that image-makers undertake. The masterclass focusses on refining participants’ editing and sequencing skills and ideas for final presentation that fully communicate their projects. The group will also discuss context and reception of photographic projects and how to reach your desired audience.

Participants will join Charlotte and Diana’s groups for critique sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon will be spent devising participants’ action plans that harness ideas and inspiration for progressing existing projects.

An Official Workshop of Month of Photography Los Angeles

Diana Markosian In the shadows, Haydarpasa train station. On April 24, 1915, Ottoman authorities arrested several hundred Armenian intellectuals in Istanbul. From Haydarpasa train station, they were sent to Ayas a (...)

Where & When

The LINE Hotel (3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010)

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April, 2018, 10am-6pm each day


The workshop will be held in English


Price: $595

Terms and Conditions apply. See the bottom of this page for more details.

Selection and Requirements

This event, limited to only 20 participants, is best suited for photographers who are looking for an in-depth critique of their work.


Click here to register for this workshop.

Diana Markosian A man stands in the field at sunrise. Burma. 2013. © Diana Markosian | Magnum Photos
Diana Markosian A young Chechen girl wraps a pastel-colored head covering before leaving her home. In modern-day Chechnya, Islam is quickly becoming the cornerstone of identity for youth. Chechnya. 2012. © Diana Markosian | Magnum Photos

About the Workshop Leaders

Diana Markosian

Diana Markosian is an Armenian-American photographer whose images explore the relationship between memory and place. Born in Moscow, Russia, her family immigrated to the United States when she was a child, leaving her father behind. In 2010, she received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has since taken her to some of the most remote corners of the world, where she has produced both personal and editorial work. Diana became a Magnum Nominee in 2016.

Charlotte Cotton

Charlotte Cotton is an independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles. She has held curatorial positions at institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery in London; the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Katonah Museum of Art, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; Metabolic Studio, Los Angeles; and California Museum of Photography, Riverside. She is the author of Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015) and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004), and co-founder of Words Without Pictures and Her forthcoming books are Public, Private, Secret: On Photography & The Configuration of Self (Aperture, 2018) and Fashion Image Revolution (Prestel, 2018).

Diana Markosian An Afghan woman bakes bread in her home. Badakhshan, Afghanistan. © Diana Markosian | Magnum Photos

Terms and Conditions

– All fees must be paid on application.

– Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel this event two weeks before the start date. In the event of a cancellation, applicants will be given a full refund.

– Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.

– The workshop fee does not include transport, accommodation or ground expenses. International participants are responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is canceled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance.

– Refunds to applicants who wish to cancel their place on the workshop can only be given up to 14 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued.

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